Maintaning good overall health is important for us all to live happy lives. Leading a healthy lifestle does not have to be a chore and it can take just a few simple steps to help keep our bodies and minds healthy.
Step 1: Nutrition
Good nutrition is essential. As they say “you are what you eat”. Therefore make a conscious effort to gradually improve your eating habits, eating more of the good foods (nuts, berries, peanut butter, olive oil, greens, chicken, whole grains, etc.) and less of the bad foods (fried food, saturated fat, fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc etc.). Reading the label of what you are eating can tell you a lot. A good nutritional diet can also help to improve joint health – there are certain foods that have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones and boost the immune system.
You might think you lack the needed will power, but you’ll be amazed at what happens when you start to gradually improving your eating habits.
Step 2: Nutritional Supplements
It can be very difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs through just food alone, but if you combine proper nutrition with appropriate nutritional supplements is becomes a lot easier.
The one supplement everyone should be taking is a good multivitamin. Look at it as added insurance – eating well is crucial, but now that you’re also taking a one a day multivitamin, you can rest assured you’re getting the nutrients your body needs consistently and easily.
Step 3: Exercise
Exercise is often the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to better health. There are so many benefits of exercising, including stronger bones, stronger heart and good mental health – it’s almost a no brainer to not start doing it. You dont have to run a marathon to get active, walking for 30 minutes a day or even a short walk can help to improve your overall health, including joints and mobility.
Your goal could be to build up to exercising 3-5 times a week, but if you’re new to exercise, start off slowly – dont do too much, as this could lead to injury. Try using a combination of cardio exercises and strength training (but no more than 1 hour per workout session). We share a few different types of exercise here to help get you active.
Step 4: Stress Management and Sleep
Stress management and getting a good nights sleep each night are crucial to better health. Until you find a way to manage your stress, it will continue to do damage to your body. Two tips that can be done include prioritising your day each morning and practicing deep breathing exercises (you probably already knew this, but have you tried it?).
Getting enough sleep each night is equally important when you consider your body uses this time to repair itself. You should aim for 7-9 hours each night. Two tips you might want to implement include exercising and avoiding late night eating.
If you take on board these basic tips you’ll start to improve your overall health and well being and feel a lot better for it